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A WOCN Member's Response to the CDC’s "Tips from Former Smokers" Campaign

Posted By Becky Carroll, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

By Amanda Blanton, BSN, RN, CWOCN

For the majority of my nursing career, I have been a WOC nurse (and loved every minute). Before receiving WOC training, I worked as a staff nurse on a step-down unit where I was often faced with life and death situations. Quick thinking and saving lives is a part of the job people always ask me if I miss since I decided to become a WOC nurse. What nurses outside our world don't fully comprehend is how we save lives each and every day.

Life isn't just about the breaths we take or the number of times our heart beats. Life is about our passions, the people we love and the hobbies we enjoy doing. In my 5½ years of WOC nursing, I have witnessed firsthand how ostomates fight to return to a normal life and struggle to conform to what society says is normal. It is our job to support, educate and encourage every individual that requires an ostomy so that they may have every possible chance at embracing their new life, because in every case the stoma has done just that – given them a new lease on life.

No one could have prepared me for how my life's work would encompass being a friend, a counselor or just a shoulder to cry as these individuals navigate their ostomy journeys. Additionally, no one could have prepared me for how inspired I would be by each ostomate's perseverance, strength and will to live again. These reasons are why I was so stunned by the CDC's ad.

I speak to all my WOC nurse colleagues when I say we must take offense to the CDC's "Tips from Former Smokers" ad for its implied assumptions and stigmas about life with an ostomy. We cannot stand idly by while these ads destroy our work and the reality that each ostomate, present and future, can have a normal life.

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WOCN Society Staff Visits WOCNEP

Posted By Becky Carroll, Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On Monday, March 30, 2015, WOCN Society National Office representatives Heather Martinek, Becky Dryden, Megan Grant and Cynthia Cook visited the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden. The team had the opportunity to meet with Program Director Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, and nurses participating in the Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOCNEP). Students who complete the didactic and practicum portions of the program are qualified to sit for the wound, ostomy and continence nursing certification exams offered by the WOC Nursing Certification Board. These certifications are recognized by the American Nurses Association.

It was an exciting exchange of information with the students engaged in accessing the WOCN website and learning about the many benefits of WOCN Society membership and its resources – resources such as access to a wide variety of educational information and guidelines for the specialty, plus access to like-minded professional colleagues to support patient challenges.

These students plays a critical role in the safe patient care of individuals across the lifespan and across healthcare settings (acute care, home care, assisted living, long-term care). As the population ages and with the dramatic surge in chronic illnesses like diabetes mellitus, obesity, cardiovascular disease, oncologic disorders and urinary/fecal incontinence, the demand for WOC-certified nurses is growing rapidly.

Learn more about the WOCNEPs.

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Announcing a new tool for bedside clinicians

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Thursday, April 2, 2015

The WOCN Society is pleased to announce the launch of an electronic version of the support surface selection algorithm. Clinicians may now access the algorithm electronically via smartphones, tablets, and other internet-connected devices. The algorithm, published earlier this year in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing, is the first evidence- and consensus-based algorithm for support surface selection that has undergone content validation.

 

The Society created the electronic version in order to provide bedside clinicians with easily-accessible information to aid in making consistent decisions about support surface selection. Development of the algorithm was funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Hill-Rom. 

 

Access the algorithm now and share it with colleagues who make decisions regarding the selection of support surfaces for patients. 

Tags:  mobile algorithm  support service algorithm  woc nurse  WOCN 

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Getting to Know the Candidates

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By now, many of you have already read about the several great candidates we have pursuing positions on the WOCN Board. Their full bios and photos can be found by clicking here.

 

To change things up a little, we thought it would be fun to ask the candidates some different questions to allow their fellow members to get to know them better. Here are the wonderful and interesting responses we received!

 

Dea Kent (President Elect)

  • What is your favorite book? Hard to pick just one......Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • What is your favorite movie? Steel Magnolias...the original version
  • What do you like to do in your free time? What free time? Travel, spend time with family and friends, laugh, do new things!
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I have been a member of a rock band, called "The Smooth Operators" made up of doctors and a few others, and our purpose was to play and raise money for uninsured people so that they could obtain healthcare.  We played together for 3 years and raised quite a bit of money.  I played keyboards and provided vocals!

Deborah Zaricor (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  My favorite book is Goldfinch because it was so beautifully written
  • What is your favorite movie?  Pulp Fiction is my favorite movie. I thought the writing, directing and acting were superb.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I enjoy spending time with my grandchildren, playing golf and traveling. I have visited 34 countries and have many more on my list.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? The fact that some people do not know about me is at one time I was in the entertainment industry. I am a member of the screen actor guild having principal roles in film and television including a national commercial. I also performed stand up but rarely made any money at stand up.  

Vittoria (Vicky) Pontieri-Lewis (Director-at-Large, Area #3)

  • What is your favorite book?  Tough one. Goodnight Moon is my favorite kids book read it every night to my kids. 
  • What is your favorite movie?  Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music. As a girl my dad would take us to the movies every time they were showing
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Other than devoting my life to my patients, my priority has always been my family.  Raising my two kids and seeing them become beautiful young adults has made my husband and I’m so proud of both of them.  I enjoy skiing with my family and friends and traveling.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? My husband is from Kansas and we have wheat farm in which we go back to Kansas in the summer to harvest the wheat. We also grown sunflowers, corn, and milo. Being raised in the city this was quite an adventure for me. Lewis farms has been in the family for generations and will passed on to our children. 

Carole Dye (Nominating Committee, Area #3)

  • What is your favorite book?  The harry potter series. Imagery fantastic and kept me wanting more.
  • What is your favorite movie?  - seeing Jurassic Park for the first time on the big screen. The dinosaurs were real!
  • What do you like to do in your free time?  I find new antique stores and look for that piece of Fiestaware nobody new existed.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? My collection of Fiestaware includes two  place settings of each color manufactured since its beginnings in the early 1930's to today- 80 at last count. Not including the new fiesta we use everyday. (No OCD here)

Barbara List (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  The Bible
  • What is your favorite movie?  The Hunger Games
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Read and shop
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you?  I am the only one of my 5 brothers and sisters that graduated from college.

Marta Krissovich (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  The Harry Potter series
  • What is your favorite movie?  Slumdog Millionaire
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Rowing sculls and sailing
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I used to serve as a skiing and horseback riding guide to persons who are totally blind.

Kelly Jaszarowski (President-Elect)

  • What is your favorite book?  I really do not have one favorite book as much as I do favorite authors. While I enjoy reading a variety of books, my favorite authors include Jodi Picoult, Jonathan Kellerman and John Grisham
  • What is your favorite movie? One of my favorite movies is The Blind Side. We are a sports enthusiastic family with football being one of those sports.  The movie, The Blind Side, contains so many life's lessons. There are lessons of loving unconditionally, accepting people for who they truly are, and the importance of family to name just a few.
  • What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I enjoy just hanging out, traveling, camping, walks, and time together.
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? While many people are aware that my residence has changed many times during my married life, many people do not know that I am an East Coast girl. That is, I was born in New Jersey and lived there for several years before moving to the Midwest.

Lindsay McCrea (Nominating Committee, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  A recent favorite: Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz
  • What is your favorite movie? Sayanora
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Anything with my Rhodesian Ridgeback, Hudson and lots of time gardening
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I won a twist contest with my brother at the age of ten whilst cruising the Caribbean on the SS Oriana on the way to the UK.

Michele (Shelly) Burdette-Taylor (Director-at-Large, Area #1)

  • What is your favorite book?  Abundant Health by White written in 1950.
  • What is your favorite movie? Holiday with Cameron, Kate, Jack and Jude
  • What do you like to do in your free time? Running with Reindeer in Alaska with Adonis
  • What is an interesting fact few people know about you? I live on a boat in San Diego and Bed and Breakfast in Alaska.

    Don’t forget-to read more about the candidates including their professional background, education and past leadership experience, please click here. 

 

 

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Top Three Ways to Get the Most Out of Members-Only Forums

Posted By Lauren Schoener-Gaynor, Wednesday, March 11, 2015

One of the many benefits of joining an association is the opportunity to connect with peers and discuss your specialty. When WOC nurses join the WOCN Society, not only do they have access to education, events and networking, they also have access to the Forums section of the WOCN Member Center, which allows them to connect with other WOC nurses in an instant.

Forums continue to be an integral part of discussions and networking. Whether a member has a question or needs feedback and/or solution sharing, they can post it to the Forums for their fellow members to respond. The members-only forums are divided into several categories to streamline professional interests and needs:

  • Wound  
  • Ostomy
  • Continence
  • Professional Practice
  • Communities of Practice (Pediatrics)
  • Communities of Practice (Foot and Nail)
  • WTA

How can you better connect with other WOC nurses on the WOCN forums?

1.         Good Title = More Interactions

Attractive headlines catch your eye when browsing the internet or a newspaper. Forums work the same way. When someone is scanning the many threads to click on, people will choose the thread that speaks to them. A title that asks a question or piques the reader’s interest will get better responses then saying, “Hi!” or “This is my question.” If you think you’re not good at choosing titles, save it for last. Write your post and choose a sentence from your post or write a quick one-sentence summary of your post.

2.         Comment on Other Threads

Everyone has a unique story to tell, but sometimes it’s best to comment on other people’s stories or questions before telling or asking yours. Before starting a new thread, have a look through the current topics being discussed and see if there’s a conversation you can join. Sometimes, multiple threads start with similar topics being covered with members seemingly unaware that there are others right there who are going through the same thing.  Talking to other members on their threads is a great way to not only network, but to make yourself known on the forums. Once you make some connections, people will start to recognize you and respond to your posts.

3.         Choose the Right Section

Many people browse the forums looking for sections specifically focused on their current issue or experience. Going straight to the section you think is most relevant may seem like the best choice, but believe it or not, it may not be. Sometimes forums are swamped, and your post could get lost among the threads. Investigate the forum sections and see what others are posting in each section. This helps keep forums relevant and can connect you with others going through the same type of issues or experience Please feel free to share your own tips and stories that you’ve experienced when using the WOCN Society Forums.

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